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'Books for looks' idea should be shelved

Oklahoman Real Estate Editor Richard Mize writes that, as a home decorating idea, displaying books “to create a great-looking focal point” for a room is another sign of the digital apocalypse.
by Richard Mize Published: October 6, 2012
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Here's an idea: Put books on it!

Alas and alack, that's just the old man in me. You know, they will take my books when they pry them from my cold dead fingers. In fact, the decline of the book has made me a kind of pusher. Psst, kid! I can score you a vintage “Harry Potter” book. A book. From way back in 1997!

Then the article pours salt in my wound, reminding me that bookshelves actually started becoming more than bookshelves — or less, if you ask me — before everything started going digital: It offers tips for how to arrange books for looks.

Who has space to arrange books for looks? I guess most people do. I do well to get mine crammed onto shelves and nooks and crannies all over the house, grouped roughly by subject.

“Use both horizontal and vertical stacks of books to create some diversity in the shelving unit,” it says. “Consider sorting them by color and-or size to create a cohesive look. If the spines of your books are damaged or unattractive consider covering them in paper or fabric to make them look cleaner and prettier. Use a mix of hardcover, paperbacks and magazines.”

Egad. Books for looks! Melvil Dewey spins in his grave. Shelve the idea. Bibliophiles unite!

by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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